tiger mothers

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Mon Jan 24 16:09:00 UTC 2011

At 10:33 AM -0500 1/24/11, Joel S. Berson wrote:
>How much of this has been prompted by the very recent book by Amy
>Chua, "Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother"?

A lot.

>  Her book was mentioned
>(more authentically, promoted) by a "colleague" and fellow (Yale?)

Yale has no connection with David Brooks, the N. Y. Times columnist.
His column was tongue in cheek; I'm not sure I'd call it a
"promotion", but y'all can decide for yourselves:
I'm not usually a fan of Brooks, but I thought this one wasn't bad.


>in a NYTimes article Jan. 10 as about to come out, she had
>an essay in the Wall Street Journal (I'm not surprised) before
>Jan.10, she apparently was on a book tour in the U.S. last week, and
>she is called a "Wimp" by David Brooks in the NYTimes on the 17th.
>(CNN must have taken "wimp" from either Brooks or the book itself.)
>At 1/24/2011 07:08 AM, Jonathan Lighter wrote:
>>CNN discusses "kids who were raised by so-called 'tiger mothers.'"
>>Tiger mothers live mostly in China. There are millions of them. They use
>>very tough love to turn their kids into world-beating overachievers, unlike
>>American mothers who use wimpy love to turn theirs into whining,
>>talentless losers.
>>How to Tell them Apart: tiger moms harass kids till they shape up; mama
>>grizzlies protect them from socialism.
>>148,000 hits for "tiger mother," 124,000 for "tiger mom," 5,000 for "tiger
>>mommy."  Of course, most of these - esp. the last - refer to real tiger
>>Some background here:
>>"If the truth is half as bad as I think it is, you can't handle the truth."
>>The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org
>The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

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